By Roberts Peder, Lize-Marié van der Watt, Adrian Howkins
The continent for technology can be a continent for the arts. regardless of having no indigenous human inhabitants, Antarctica has been imagined in robust, leading edge, and infrequently aggravating ways in which mirror politics and tradition a lot extra north. Antarctica has develop into an incredible resource of information for normal scientists operating to appreciate international weather swap. As this publication exhibits, the instruments of literary experiences, historical past, archaeology, and extra, can likewise produce vital insights into the character of the trendy international and humanity extra widely.
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The continent for science is also a continent for the humanities THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK The book is divided into four thematic sections. The first, “The Heroic and the Mundane,” uses diary writing and medicine to reveal connections between activities that were firmly situated in Antarctica and the wider world to which Antarctic visitors were connected. The second, “Alternative Antarctics,” explores how taking the perspective of illiterate sealers, systemically overlooked ethnic minorities, or even devotees of Nazi survival mythology provides radically different views of the Antarctic that illuminate the society from which they arose as much as the continent itself.
6. Beaglehole, The Life of Captain James Cook (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992), 428–429. 7. See for example Edward J. Larson, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). 8. Peter Beck, “Securing the Dominant ‘Place in the Wan Antarctic Sun’ for the British Empire: The Policy of Extending British Control over Antarctica,” Australian Journal of Politics and History 29, no. 3 (1983): 448–61; Peder Roberts, The European Antarctic: Science and Strategy in Scandinavia and the British Empire, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
1 Writing in his diary2 in 1913, while living with six companions in a hut on the coast of Adelie Land, Antarctica, 23-year-old geologist Cecil Madigan is constantly anxious about the consequences of criticizing his expedition leader, Douglas Mawson. His comments evince a lack of certainty about the purpose of the document he is producing: private reflection, personal communication, public record, some hybrid of all three? ”3 It is hard not to read a certain wistfulness into the comment. While Madigan occasionally suggests such an intimacy with his own diary—he writes of “talk[ing]” to it for a full hour; it is his “old pal”4—he felt no corresponding freedom of expression.